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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Borough of Westwood - Coronavirus Update 03/21/2020

March 21, 2020

Dear Westwood Residents,

Today, March 21st, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 107, which further limits the movement of persons in the State of New Jersey as well as increased restrictions on businesses that are able to operate until further notice. We have placed a copy of this executive order on our website at – www.westwoodnj.gov/coronavirus . Below, I have highlighted many, but not all, of the restrictions and exceptions listed in Executive Order:

All New Jersey residents shall remain home or at their place of residence unless they are:

  • Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses
  • Obtaining takeout food or beverages from restaurants, other dining establishments, or food courts…
  • Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services;
  • Visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretaker or romantic partner;
  • Reporting to, or performing, their job;
  • Walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart;
  • Leaving the home for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  • Leaving because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety; or
  • Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

The brick-and-mortar premises of all non-essential retail businesses must close to the public as long as this Order remains in effect. Essential retail businesses, listed below, are excluded from this directive and may remain open during their normal business hours. Essential retail businesses must, wherever practicable, provide pickup services outside or adjacent to their stores for goods ordered in advance online or by phone.

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and alternative treatment centers that dispense medicinal marijuana;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Retail functions of banks and other financial institutions;
  • Retail functions of laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only to provide auto maintenance and repair services, and auto
  • mechanics;
  • Retail functions of printing and office supply shops
  • Retail functions of mail and delivery stores.

For more specific information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or call the CDC hotline – 1-800-232-4636. Links for more information can also be found on our website www.westwoodnj.gov.

We will continue to put updates out as needed on social media channels and our website – www.westwoodnj.gov/coronavirus . Please ensure you are signed up for our emergency reverse 911 system and our email alerts. Both of these can be found on our website as well.

Many thanks,

Mayor Ray Arroyo

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